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Reigning Soccer World Cup champions France have named a strong squad to face Bafana Bafana in a friendly later this month. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Road to the FIFA World Cup: Throwback to 2018’s 10 best goals

We’re less than two weeks away from the FIFA World Cup, and one way of getting into the mood is reliving the best goals from the 2018 edition.

France Kylian Mbappe

Reigning Soccer World Cup champions France have named a strong squad to face Bafana Bafana in a friendly later this month. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

In 11 days the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar between the host nation and Ecuador. It’s hard to imagine that a little over four years ago French captain Hugo Lloris lifted Les Bleus’ second world cup trophy in Russia.

France will once again be spearheaded by PSG star Kylian Mbappe who scored four times, and are favourites to progress from Group D that includes Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia.

FIRST TIME THE FIFA WORLD CUP IS IN QATAR

Qatar coach Félix Sánchez has his work cut out as the hosts meet Senegal and Netherlands in the remaining two fixtures. Sanchez cut his teeth as youth coach for FC Barcelona before moving to Qatar in 2013 to take up the U19 coaching position.

According to The Telegraph, Brazil is the favourite to take the crown in 2022. The South American nation tasted victory 20 years ago in the FIFA World Cup, when Ronaldo scored two goals in the final to beat Germany at the Yokohama Stadium in Japan. Brazil will take on Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.

France, Argentina and Spain line up behind Brazil as strong contenders to lift the crown on December 18.

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP 10 BEST GOALS

To get fans in the mood for the FIFA World Cup, we take a look at the 10 best goals from the previous edition of the tournament. The list was chosen by fans, and kicks off with Toni Kroos’ goal for Germany against Sweden. PSG star Lionel Messi’s effort against Nigeria is also included as well Croatia midfielder Luka Modric’s powerful strike against Messi’s Argentina.

The top goal of the FIFA World Cup as voted by the fans was Benjamin Pavard’s volley in the sensational Round of 16 match that Les Bleus won 4-3 courtesy of a brace from Mbappe. Watch a video of all 10 goals here.

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World Cup 2022 in Qatar should be a treat. Photo: MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP.